obelus

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noun obe·lus \ˈä-bə-ləs also ˈō-\

Definition of obelus

plural

obeli

play \ˈä-bə-ˌlī, -ˌlē also ˈō-\
  1. 1 :  a symbol − or ÷ used in ancient manuscripts to mark a questionable passage

  2. 2 :  the symbol ÷

Origin and Etymology of obelus

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek obelos spit, pointed pillar, obelus


First Known Use: 14th century


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